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    Question Original SVO rim finish

    Can someone post some good pics an an original, untouched and unrestored SVO rim face?

    When I see some SVOís for sale, the rim face either looks extremely flat or dull and on others the rim looks very glossy or shiny. Which is correct?

    Also were the slots unpainted or painted, because Iíve seen both....

    Iíve never seen an SVO out of the showroom back then, so I was wondering if anyone can post some images of an unrestored almost showroom new rim?

    What is recommended these days as far as products and techniques for restoring original SVO rims?

    Thanks!
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    SVO's: 84,85,85.5,86x2
    Factory SVO wheels have grooves like a vinyl record cut into the face. They are natural aluminum with no paint in the slots.

    I've had two sets refinished. They first media blasted with Walnut Shells ( NOT sand ) and powdered coated the slots in a very light silver that is the same shade as aluminum. They then cut the face and clear powder coated the whole wheel.
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    SVO's: 84 9W, 85 1B
    These are original wheels.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Potter View Post
    Factory SVO wheels have grooves like a vinyl record cut into the face. They are natural aluminum with no paint in the slots.

    I've had two sets refinished. They first media blasted with Walnut Shells ( NOT sand ) and powdered coated the slots in a very light silver that is the same shade as aluminum. They then cut the face and clear powder coated the whole wheel.
    Who did that work, Ken? I have a spare set of wheels, so it might be nice to get them redone.
    Gene Beaird,
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    Metro Wheel here in Georgia.

    I had them restored about ten years ago. It looks like the prices have gone up accordingly.

    https://www.metrowheels.net/

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    The guys already answered the question on the finish, but it really depends on the condition of your wheels as to if you have to farm it out or if there is something you can do yourself.

    My original wheels were actually in decent shape, but the clear coat finish was hazed up and shot. I used Castrol Super Clean to clean out the insets, then Zip Strip to pull the clear coat off the rims to start fresh. From there I hand polished (really just cleaned) the machined face with Rolite polish to bring back the shine of the machined surface. I didn't want a mirror finish, as I liked the look of the machined surface. I then decided to paint the inserts black for two reasons, 1) My car is black and the contrast looks good and 2) Brake dust is bear to clean out of the inserts. Care of the bare aluminum face is/was really easy, I would do a quick hand polish every spring and apply a coat of wax ~1x/month. The black inserts allowed me to just do a deep cleaning just before the start of the season. I will post up what they looked like back in 1992 vs 1997 when I get home.
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    Here are a couple pics of my before and after as I noted in my previous post.

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    *You can kind of make out my crouched knees in the reflection in middle pic. I should also note that I used Rolite Metal Polish, which used to be noted for use on virtually everything, even though they now have various polishes for various materials.
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    Damn, seeing all these nice stock rims just makes me realize I need to do something with my rims.
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    This sounds crazy, but it works. I've done it (not on the wheels I posted pictures of, but another set.) Stock wheels are very easy to refinish because they are basically flat. If there isn't any curb rash or dings on the outer lips, remove the tires, center caps valve stems and any weights if they are attached to the outer lip. Secure the front wheels of your car thoroughly. I chocked mine both in front and back of them. Raise the back and put the rear up on jack stands. I used two sets just to be extra careful. Now the rear wheels without tires can be mounted and by using the rear axle as a kind of lathe they can be wet sanded using a sanding block and water hose. If I recall correctly, I ran my car in second gear at idle. The grit of sand paper used depends on the finish desired. I know it's probably not the safest way to do it, but if you take the proper precautions, it can be done pretty easily.
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    SVO's: 86-1C & 86-1E
    they can also be polished to a chrome like finish too...
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    Here are some more various pics that I dug out of the archives of past Reunions, from OEM to Polished to Chromed, enjoy.

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    SVO's: 86-1C & 86-1E
    think that black car is my 85.5
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    Eric, here is the full pic...not sure if it is your 85.5, but it dates back to the 2003 Reunion in Richmond.

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    SVO's: 86-1C & 86-1E
    yep, mine are stock refinished.. not polished
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    Eric did you have someone stock refinish them or did you do it and how?
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